Why Are We Forgetting About Latino Youth?

hispanic-millenialsAUGUST 29, 2016  • MIGUEL BLANCARTE, JR.

As we address the need to better understand American Latinos and to further involve them in solving our country’s most critical issues, many times we forget to talk about one of our biggest assets: Latino youth.

Latino youth are well aware of issues in their communities, and their upbringing gives them a unique perspective — a powerful combination to solving problems. However, Latino youth are not often thought of when solutions are drafted.

This may be because studies show that when it comes to educational attainment, Latino youth sometimes lag behind. What isn’t always accounted for in these studies, however, are experiences, work ethic, drive, and persistence to take advantage of opportunities. In failing to see the value of Latino youth, we are doing ourselves a disservice.

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